Brandon Beachy's return to the Atlanta Braves from Tommy John didn't exactly go as planned Monday, but Andrelton Simmons saved the day with a walk-off triple in the 10th inning of a 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field.
Dan Uggla started the fateful 10th inning with a lead-off walk off Edgmer Escalona, and he was followed by Simmons driving a pitch to the left-center field gap for his game-winning triple.
It was a fitting ending to an already crazy game. The Braves rallied past a five-run deficit in the third inning, lost the lead in the fourth and took it back in the fifth.
With Craig Kimbrel getting a night off after working three straight nights, Jordan Walden took the helm for his first save chance as a Brave, but two walks, a knock and an RBI-single from Carlos Gonzalez surrendered the lead.
That led to Scott Downs making his first appearance with Atlanta a dramatic one. He entered with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, getting Todd Helton to line out on a comebacker on the first pitch. Downs then stranded the go-ahead run at third base in the 10th inning.
Beachy's performance was less than ideal in his first start since June 2012. He allowed seven runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings while struggling with his off-speed pitches.
The Rockies gave Beachy trouble immediately when Dexter Fowler doubled and CarGo singled him home to start the game. Wilin Rosario belted a homer in the second inning, and Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run triple followed by Helton's sacrifice fly to cap a three-run third.
Fortunately for the Braves, Jorge De La Rosa pitched out of character.
Joey Terdoslavich started the third inning with a double. A few batters later, Evan Gattis grounded to Nolan Arenado with one out and the bases loaded for what should have been an inning-ending double play. Instead Arenado booted the grounder and kept the Braves coming to the plate.
Chris Johnson then delivered a two-run double before Simmons brought home another run on an RBI-single to give the Braves a 6-5 lead.
Arenado atoned for his mistake with a lead-off homer off Beachy in the fourth to tie the game before Beachy was chased by DJ LeMahieu's two-out hit. He would score on David Carpenter's wild pitch to tie the game.
Johnson kept up his torrid pace again by singling in the fifth, later scoring on a double by Uggla. Terdo then singled home Uggla to give the Braves the lead.
The Braves are now 4-0 on their seven-game homestand.
Simmons became the first Braves player to hit a walk-off triple since Harry Hanebrink in 1953.
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